Audit charity

Audit charity

Every morning vehicles fitted with public address systems manoeuver into lanes and by-lanes of capital Srinagar and other towns of the Valley or even into the remotest of villages. Sometimes the vehicles arrive much before the people have begun their routine chores. The high-pitch megaphones play verses from the holy Quran or praises to Prophet […]

Big picture

Big picture

It is time to have cinema halls in Kashmir. To not know cinema is to not know the world. It is a stunting of imagination, a malnutrition of the mind, for cinema – when seen in a theatre, on the big screen it is created for, and not on TV or computers – is an […]

Clarity before unity

Clarity before unity

A seminar organised by the “united resistance leadership” on Sunday was an eye opener as well as a much needed event at a time when a subtle and sustained assault has been launched on the very foundations of Kashmir. Representatives and leaders of various groups candidly discussed why there is disunity in the first place […]

On Rhetoric

On Rhetoric

Recently there was a suggestion in the legislative assembly that there be workshops and courses to train legislators in the method of arguing, of making speeches. Records of assembly debates of ages ago, perhaps audio recordings, could be prescribed for their education. Some 2100 years ago, the Roman political philosopher Cicero wrote that “rhetoric”, the […]

Pak phobia

Pak phobia

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s speech to the US Congress reportedly received applause from a section of Congressmen when he alluded to Pakistan as “those who harbor, support and sponsor terrorists” and sought American cooperation in fighting “terrorism.” One could focus light on the rise of fascism in India, where Modi’s lawmakers justify lynching of […]

Khanabal Command Headquarters

Khanabal Command Headquarters

It was like a miniature Unified Command Headquarters meeting at south Kashmir’s Anantnag town on Tuesday, precisely to strategize the conduct of by-poll for the assembly segment. It was not a full-fledged UHQ meeting because Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was not presiding over nor was the northern commander part of it. Otherwise, all commanders of […]

No more dams in Kashmir

No more dams in Kashmir

Much indignation and cornering of the PDP-BJP government followed the news that the state of Jammu & Kashmir will get no ownership, no increased royalty, no greater share in generated power of the Dulhasti hydropower project on the Chenab river in Kishtwar and the Uri-I hydropower project on the Jhelum river in Baramulla. Chief minister […]

Immobilisation

Immobilisation

As Jammu and Kashmir spins into incoherence and shame, it is time for the civil society to assert and ensure it’s the formation of a resurgent civil society of Kashmir which will demonstrate that despite the complicity of the state that has (willingly or unwillingly) allowed it the happen, despite the tendency of political parties […]

The Pandit politics

The Pandit politics

If there is anything to learn from history, it is that sometimes you can guess the future. Now that the BJP finds itself in the government of both India and Jammu & Kashmir, considerable time and energy will be spent in the coming years for righting that ‘historic wrong’ that the nationalist Hindu generally feels […]

2014 is 1987

2014 is 1987

It would do Mehbooba Mufti no good to justify being in power by peddling spurious theories and justifications for the equally spurious political decisions taken by her party or, as she always states, her father late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. She says that if her father had aligned with Congress or National Conference instead of BJP, […]

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